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Rand Paul Blasts Levine’s Trans Radicalism

Dr. Rachel Levine, Biden's nominee for assistant Health secretary, refuses to answer Sen. Paul's question (Paul video)

Please watch this stunning exchange between Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Rachel Levine, the transgendered woman the Biden administration has nominated to be an assistant secretary of the Department of Health And Human Resources:

If you don’t have five minutes for that, click here, at the 1:31 mark, when Sen. Paul asks Dr. Levine if Levine believes that minors are capable of making rational decisions to undertake surgical and hormonal revisions to their bodies. Watch Levine’s non-answer.

Sen. Paul then repeats the question, asking specifically if Levine supports the government stepping in to overrule parents, and compel administering puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or amputation of breasts and the penis in minors.

Dr. Levine, the Biden administration’s nominee as an assistant department secretary, will not answer.

Sen. Paul’s pointing out that Dr. Levine advocates “acceleration” of hormone protocols in “street kids” comes from this 2017 speech Levine gave at Franklin & Marshall College, in which the physician said poor kids living on the street deserve to have the hormones they want, when they want them. Go to the 28-minute mark to hear it yourself.

People, this is how serious it is. This is how insane the Democratic Party and the medical community are. Rachel Levine is the kind of tyrant they want to rule over us. Here is how the liberal site Vox described the Paul-Levine exchange:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), meanwhile, used his time to promote transphobic misinformation.

In a moment in which the pandemic is exposing severe health challenges, especially for America’s most marginalized, Paul’s line of questioning was particularly egregious.

I can hear the progressive shrieking now: People will DIE because Rand Paul asked Dr. Levine a perfectly normal question! More Vox:

Paul was eventually cut off by health, education, and labor committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA). She and other Democrats praised Levine for her professionalism in handling Paul’s transphobic remarks, and spoke to the greater problem Paul’s rhetoric presented.

“It is really critical to me that our nominees be treated with respect and that our questions focus on their qualifications and the work ahead of us, rather than on ideological and harmful misrepresentations like those we heard from Sen. Paul earlier,” Murray said.

Astonishing! Sen. Paul is asking the questions a lot of Americans would like to know about the policies the Democrats and their appointees will be advocating — policies that are going to result in children suffering penile amputations, irreversible breast amputations, fertility destruction, and other harmful outcomes. But even Democratic politicians say asking questions is bigoted.

Seriously, those questions Sen. Paul put to Dr. Levine are perfectly valid. The fact that the physician refused to answer them, and the Democratic committee chair chastised Sen. Paul as a bigot for posing them, is incredibly alarming. Why don’t they want people to know what they really believe?

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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